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Can an entity predict itself?

I am not into philosophy, but this question came into my mind 2 days ago. It seemed like a philosophical question. Consider any kind of entity, conscious or unconscious. ( The definitions are vague, ...
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How do we show that an ad hoc theory is less likely to be true?

How does one formally show this to be the case? Intuitively, a person claiming to be a psychic and guessing multiple different events in advance seems to provide better evidence for him/her being a ...
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What kind of free will does Harry Potter have while travelling in time?

In the movie A prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter is saved by a mysterious figure that looks like his father shortly before passing out. After that, he learns that time travel is real. He travels to ...
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Is the concept of "supernatural laws" an oxymoron?

In the discussion on defining and distinguishing between naturalism and supernaturalism, is it coherent to entertain the notion of a supernatural realm governed by rules or laws, and if so, would it ...
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Are there versions of theism or supernaturalism that offer testable predictions?

Theism and supernaturalism often draw criticism for their perceived lack of a practical framework capable of generating testable predictions. In contrast, physical theories like general relativity and ...
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Is psychology relevant to whether the fulfilment of an unlikely prediction is evidence that the predicter had some sort of foreknowledge?

When someone makes a prediction that is very unlikely to come true, then if the prediction is fulfilled then we generally have strong reason to think that he had some prior knowledge or information ...
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Is there any theory or postulate accepted in science that isn’t based on novel testable predictions?

I was watching a YouTube video of a guy named Tom Jump who summarizes his epistemology as “If a hypothesis can make new, testable predictions then that counts as evidence. Whichever hypothesis one has ...
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Can an unlikely event be evidence of the existence of a new process?

Note the word “existence” in the question where I’m trying to be careful with my wording here. This can be better illustrated with an example. Take the example of the cheating process. Suppose one ...
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Can we make nontrivial predictions about the potential future usefulness of specific forms of math, or is it too easy to manipulate math?

This question is motivated by something from the set-theorist Hugh Woodin, a prediction he has made and styled as empirical, according to which a subtheory that he uses will not be shown inconsistent ...
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Can a new theory be proven just from what it predicts?

If we make predictions with a new theory, but cannot verify its internal mechanisms and causal processes, but find that the predictions turn out to be accurate every single time, is this enough ...
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Is an outcome based on a prediction less likely than one without?

Suppose I predict that the lottery numbers that will be won tomorrow are a particular sequence and it comes true. Is this event less likely than it occurring without my prediction? Intuitively, it ...
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Are random processes equivalent to unpredictable processes

I have seen random and unpredictable used interchangeably but sense there is a subtle difference that I have difficulty articulating. My sense is that predictability is based on my own personal ...
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Determinism vs prediction

What is the difference between determinism and predictable. I have heard classical mechanics is both predictable and deterministic , chaos theory is deterministic but unpredictable , quantum mechanics ...
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Reasoning and Randomness

What is the relation between reasoning and randomness or more specifically finding any relation between logic and stochastic processes? Why does it work so well, I wonder. For instance, prices in ...
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Future tense explanations?

Is it possible to explain in the future tense? For example, "there will be smoke" because "there will be fire"?
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Does causality have a role in predicting the future compared to knowing the past?

Example: Buckling of a rod: It is easy to know the previous position of a buckled rod, but it is impossible to predict the direction of buckling from the unbuckled position. Does causality play any ...
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Why do people make theories without predictive power?

I studied neuroscience and during my studies I had a course called "The philosophy of consciousness". There we looked at a theory called Qualia, which infuriated me to no ends. Reading up on ...
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How do the philosophical notions of schemas and paradigms differ?

In analytical philosophy, both schemas and paradigms are powerful conceptual structures for modeling phenomena, and I wonder which features define and differentiate them. Schemas (as explored in ...
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Did anyone argue against the possibility of a perfect prediction from within a system?

Did anyone offer an argument against the possibility of a perfect and complete prediction about a system from within that system along the following lines: Let's imagine a machine (like a desktop ...
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Can I predict my future by observing all humans/events

There is NO RANDOM in the Universe (Atleat in our universe) Humans have NO FREE WILL (Determinism vs Free Will: Crash Course Philosophy #24) I believe everything happened/happening in the universe is ...
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At what prediction level do we call a physical world theory true?

Alright, I am in a bind. I know that prediction is the ultimate test of a theory in the physical world. You can make any assumptions, you can come up with useless things like the math in string ...
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